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Highlands is tucked away in the western North Carolina mountains along US Highway 64, not far from where North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina meet. It sits atop a mountain plateau at 4,118 feet, making it the highest incorporated town east of the Mississippi. Along with the neighboring town of Cashiers, Highlands has long been a summer retreat for those wishing to escape the heat of the lowlands and the noise of the cities. This modern resort community is known for its shopping and excellent dining. You can find gourmet foods, fashionable clothing, unique jewelry, antiques and high quality arts and crafts of all kinds. Be sure to visit Scudder's Galleries and ask about their nightly auctions. You'll also find plenty of romantic accommodations in Highlands, many on beautiful grounds with their own gorgeous views, hiking trails, swimming pools and tennis courts. Explore the countryside, which has some of North Carolina's most gorgeous falls, including Bridal Veil, Dry Falls and Cullasaja Falls. The Cullasaja River Gorge is narrow and deep and the river rushes and drops through a series of cascades and waterfalls to the Tennessee River near Franklin. The highway, which connect Highlands to Cashiers, clings to the north bank of the river, and the road is narrow and curves frequently, but it's a spectacular drive to take.

Surrounding areas: Cashiers, North Carolina (6.8 mi), Lake Glenville, North Carolina (10.2 mi), Sapphire, North Carolina (11.6 mi), Franklin, North Carolina (13.7 mi), Lake Toxaway, North Carolina (15.9 mi), Cullowhee, North Carolina (18.1 mi), Dillsboro, North Carolina (22.1 mi)

Highlands Vacation Rentals

Highlands Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Mountain High MotelMain St And Second StHighlands, NC (828) 526-2790
Cottage InnHwy 64 ECashiers, NC6.8 mi.(828) 743-3033
Valley Aire MotelHwy 107 NCashiers, NC6.8 mi.(828) 743-3998
Holiday Inn Express64 White Oak LnDillard, GA11.6 mi.(706) 746-3383
Hampton Inn & Suites-Cashiers/Sapphire Valley3245 Hwy 64 ESapphire, NC11.6 mi.(828) 743-4545
Sapphire Valley70 Sapphire Valley RdSapphire, NC11.6 mi.(828) 743-3441
Woodlands Inn Of Sapphire1305 US Hwy 64 WSapphire, NC11.6 mi.(704) 966-4709
Knights Inn3 Best Inn WayDillard, GA12.2 mi.(706) 746-5321
Hampton Inn244 Cunningham RdFranklin, NC12.8 mi.(828) 369-0600
Microtel Inn & Suites81 Allman DrFranklin, NC13.3 mi.(828) 349-9000
Days Inn1320 E Main StFranklin, NC13.5 mi.(828) 524-6491
Snow Hill Inn531 Snow HL RdFranklin, NC13.8 mi.(828) 369-2100
Days InnHwy 441 Box 1176Clayton, GA16.7 mi.(706) 782-4258
Quality Inn & Suites834 Hwy 441 SClayton, GA16.7 mi.(800) 334-2214
Stonebrook InnHwy 441Clayton, GA16.7 mi.(706) 782-2214
University Inn563 N Country CLB DrCullowhee, NC18.1 mi.(828) 293-5442
Best Western River Escape Inn And Suites248 Wbi DrDillsboro, NC22.1 mi.(828) 586-6060
Mountain Creek Cottages162 Dicks CRK RdDillsboro, NC22.1 mi.(704) 586-6042
Comfort InnHwy 23/74Sylva, NC22.3 mi.(828) 586-3315
Balsam Mountain InnBalsam MTN Inn RdBalsam, NC26.6 mi.(704) 456-9498
Days Inn11015 N Radio Station RdSeneca, SC27.6 mi.(864) 885-0710
Jameson Inn226 Hi Tec RdSeneca, SC28.9 mi.(864) 888-8300
Imperial Motor LodgeHwy 64 & 276 NBrevard, NC29.0 mi.(828) 884-2887
Ela Motor Court5280 Ela RdBryson City, NC29.2 mi.(828) 488-2284
Lloyd's On The River5370 Ela RdBryson City, NC29.2 mi.(828) 488-3767
Brevard Motor Lodge750 N Caldwell StBrevard, NC29.3 mi.(828) 884-3456
Charleston Inn208 Arlington AveBryson City, NC29.3 mi.(828) 488-4644
Nantahala Village Mountain Resort9400 Hwy 19 WestBryson City, NC29.7 mi.(828) 488-2826
Sleep Inn500 SPG StBryson City, NC29.7 mi.(828) 488-0326
Comfort Suites35 Hwy 441 NorthCherokee, NC29.9 mi.(828) 497-3500
Days Inn Smokey Mountain Inn660 Painttown RdCherokee, NC29.9 mi.(828) 497-2300
Econo LodgeUs Hwy 19Cherokee, NC29.9 mi.(828) 497-4575
Fairfield Inn & Suite - Cherokee568 Painttown RdCherokee, NC29.9 mi.(828) 497-0400
Hampton Inn185 Tsalagi RdCherokee, NC29.9 mi.(828) 497-3115
Holiday Inn CherokeeHwy 19 WCherokee, NC29.9 mi.(828) 497-9181
Holiday Inn Expres Hotel & Suites376 Paint Town RdCherokee, NC29.9 mi.(828) 497-3113
Holiday InnHwy 19 SCherokee, NC29.9 mi.(828) 497-9181
Microtel Inn & Suites674 Casino TrlCherokee, NC29.9 mi.(828) 497-7800
Quality Inn-cherokeeUS 441 N BypCherokee, NC29.9 mi.(828) 497-4702
Ramada Limited196 Painttown RdCherokee, NC29.9 mi.(828) 497-4231
Bed & Breakfast
Freeze House Bed And Breakfast71 Sylvan HeightsSylva, NC22.3 mi.(828) 586-8161

Highlands Weather & Climate

The westernnmost mountain region of North Carolina is the smallest of the three main divisions of the state; the Coastal Plain, the Piedmont and the Mountains. However, its' range of elevation is the greatest; it stretches upward from around 1,500 feet along the eastern boundary to 6,684 feet at the summit of Mt. Mitchell. The climate is definitely effected by elevation. Overall, spring is unpredictable, summer is warm with moderate humidity, autumn is crisp and cool and winters are cold - but moderate. More extreme winter conditions can be expected at the mountain peaks. Showers and thunderstorms are common in spring and summer. Expect temperatures to be 10 to 20 degrees cooler on the mountaintops than in the lower elevations. Although snow in winter is likely, most ski resorts rely on snowmaking equipment because daytime highs can often hover in the 40-degree range.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 41°F 23°F 8.06 in. -
February 46°F 25°F 7.05 in. -
March 54°F 31°F 8.98 in. -
April 62°F 37°F 6.47 in. -
May 69°F 46°F 7.90 in. -
June 75°F 52°F 7.12 in. -
July 78°F 57°F 6.61 in. -
August 76°F 56°F 6.59 in. -
September 70°F 50°F 6.76 in. -
October 61°F 39°F 6.05 in. -
November 52°F 31°F 8.24 in. -
December 44°F 26°F 7.74 in. -

Highlands Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located about 45 miles northeast of Highlands in Asheville, North Carolina, the Donaldson Center airport (GYH) located approximately 50 miles southeast of Highlands in Greenville, South Carolina, the Greenville Spartanburg International airport (GSP) located roughly 56 miles east of Highlands in Greer, South Carolina, and finally the Mc Ghee Tyson airport (TYS) located around 69 miles northwest of Highlands in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Highlands Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC29.9 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC29.9 mi.
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC32.6 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN54.7 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN54.7 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN60.0 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA76.8 mi.
White Water ParkMariettaGA108.2 mi.
Golf Courses
Highlands CoveHighlandsNC 
Trillium Links & Lake ClubCashiersNC6.9 mi.
Franklin Golf CourseFranklinNC13.7 mi.
Mill Creek Country ClubFranklinNC13.7 mi.
Rabun Country Golf ClubClaytonGA17.1 mi.
Blue Ridge Golf CenterWalhallaSC21.6 mi.
Falcons Lair Golf CourseWalhallaSC21.6 mi.
Oconee Country ClubSenecaSC27.3 mi.
Smoky Mountain Country ClubWhittierNC27.7 mi.
Chickasaw Point Country ClubWestminsterSC27.8 mi.
Foxwood Hills Country ClubWestminsterSC27.8 mi.
Connestee Falls Golf CourseBrevardNC29.5 mi.
Glen Cannon Country ClubBrevardNC29.5 mi.
Sherwood Forest Golf ClubBrevardNC29.5 mi.
Ski Areas
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC7.3 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC32.6 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC64.7 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC106.9 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC106.9 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC108.1 mi.
State Parks
Oconee State ParkSC14.4 mi. 
Black Rock Mountain State ParkGA16.0 mi. 
Keowee Toxaway State ParkSC20.1 mi. 
Moccasin Creek State ParkGA26.2 mi. 
Table Rock State ParkSC28.2 mi. 
Caesars Head State ParkSC33.4 mi. 
Chatuge State ParkGA35.3 mi. 
Unicoi State ParkGA37.5 mi. 
Tugaloo State ParkGA39.6 mi. 
South Carolina Gold MuseumPickensSC30.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Bob Jones University Museum & GalleryGreenvilleSC47.5 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC47.5 mi.
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC52.4 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN74.8 mi.
Zoo AtlantaAtlantaGA112.8 mi.
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN119.5 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN119.5 mi.

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